Tag Archives: History

Examining Shafts – Gateshead

It was the strangest thing walking the same route through the same backstreets three times in one day, each time with a different group of folk as happy as me to stop and stare at a wall. The brickwork in … Continue reading

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Imagining an alternative: Blaydoon

The year is 1828 and Blaydon is on the brink of incredible change… a turnpike is planned but will the railway arrive before it? Starting from this moment – and pooling the collective imaginations of visiting families dropping-in to Blaydon … Continue reading

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Union Workhouse and Honeysuckle Hotel – Gateshead

What a strange and depressing view, waking in the mornings to throw open the curtains of Honeysuckle Hotel and gaze across to the Workhouse. I can’t imagine any but the hard-hearted wishing to stay there. If I’ve read the map … Continue reading

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Blaydon Races 2

Languishing in the back of my car is the completed Blaydon Races artwork. Today it’s been ‘on tour’ (to Central Library and back) in a bid to figure out whether we can swap from battery operated to mains. Regardless of … Continue reading

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Blaydon Races

There’s an art club that meets at the iconic Bisley Pub. But for the past month they have also been coming to the Library where we’ve been working on a group creation. Our theme is the Blaydon Races; the material, … Continue reading

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Windows onto the Past – Blaydon

We were back in the Tempest Street area this week, imagining the scene from 100 years ago, looking for clues as to who might be in and out of the back gates; how would arrangements be made so washing wasn’t … Continue reading

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Findings – Blaydon

I am enjoying how each journey reveals fresh historical nuggets, I always have an eye out for utility covers but, has anyone else spotted Smith Patterson bollards (replete with ‘Blaydon’ stamp)? This lovely example is on Tempest Street. Whilst not … Continue reading

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